Here’s Everything Apple Announced at Its iPhone 11 Event

Posted on September 10, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Apple, Apple TV+, Apple Watch, Games, Hardware, iOS, Mobile, Music + Videos, Wearables with 36 Comments

Apple’s iPhone 11 event just finished. And if you missed out on the keynote, there’s a lot of things you missed out on. The company not only announced three new iPhones, but there was news about its new services, as well as a lot of other hardware. So here’s a handy little list of everything Apple announced today:

  • iPhone 11: New iPhone 11 line comes with a focus on improved cameras:
    • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max succeed the iPhone XS line with three cameras at the back, with a new ultra-wide lens, with a new Deep Fusion and Night Mode camera modes. You can now reframe videos on the fly, and get better Face ID performance on the device. There’s also the new A13 processor which is the fastest CPU and GPU on smartphones ever. It’s also more durable, comes with a more powerful Type-C power adapter out of the box, and now has a new matte finish. There’s a new Midnight Green variant, too.
    • The regular iPhone 11 (succeeding the iPhone XR) comes with a second camera at the back, allowing for optical zoom and improved Portrait Mode. Also features the A13 processor, and a new green and purple finish. The selfie camera has been upgraded to a 12MP lens, too.
  • Apple Watch Series 5: The new Apple Watch comes with a new always-on display and a built-in compass. It’s now available in a new titanic finish, along with the classic ceramic finish.
  • New entry-level iPad: Apple is replacing the classic 9.7-inch iPad with a new 10.2-inch iPad. The new entry-level iPad comes with support for Apple’s smart connector so you can attach a keyboard to the tablet, but that’s about it.
  • Apple Arcade: Apple’s game subscription service is coming next week for $4.99 a month with a number of exclusive games.
  • Apple TV+: Apple’s video streaming service is launching this November in more than 100 countries for $4.99 a month.
  • iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina, watchOS 6: Apple’s new operating system updates are almost ready for the public. The company will release iOS 13 on September 19 (followed by iOS 13.1 on September 30), iPadOS on September 30, macOS Catalina in October, and watchOS 6 on September 19.

So yes, that’s pretty much it. Make sure to check out our full coverage for more detail on all these new products.

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36 responses to “Here’s Everything Apple Announced at Its iPhone 11 Event”

  1. MikeGalos

    So, a bit of catch-up and a lot of meh.

  2. warren

    I should be able to justify buying one of these new iPads, given that my current iPad is a first-generation Air that has lasted over five years. I like it, it's treated me well.... Apple recently announced it won't be getting iPadOS, so it's looking like the end of the road.


    But.... man, I'm really disappointed in the lack of USB-C. I don't want to spend another five years with Lightning cables, especially considering I've had to replace Lightning cables a few times due to their low build quality.


    Maybe it's time to look at that new Samsung Galaxy Tab S6.

    • jason.watkins

      In reply to warren:

      The newest gen iPad Pro's have a USB-C port, and with iPadOS 13 you can actually connect external hard drives and thumb drives with access to the file system.

    • Eric Dunbar

      In reply to warren:

      "Samsung Galaxy Tab S6."


      Disclosure: I don't understand the whole tablet thing. Give me either a phone or a computer but not one of those half way inbetween devices.


      That said, Android has a pretty bad reputation for tablet computing. I just don't see anyone using Android tablets as anything more than glorified media consumption devices. It seems like the apps that are so useful on iPads are missing from Android touch devices (I've got a few Android devices and my kids tell me their iPads at school run the apps much better... Or simply aren't available on Android).

      • RobertJasiek

        In reply to OntarioPundit:

        As a daily tablet user, maybe I can remove some mystery. A tablet is large and light enough, and convenient, for reading or browsing-and-reading pages with much or advanced (such as scientific) text. A smartphone would not be large and wide enough. A desktop is inconvenient for couch or garden. A notebook is unsuitable for portrait position and too heavy for being convenient for hours.

        Others might find value in drawing on a tablet.

        Smartphones are more easily transported during travel or commuting.

        PCs are more powerful and flexible WRT hardware.

        Hence all product categories have their values but not everybody needs devices of all categories. You might live without tablet - I live without smartphone.

      • William Clark

        In reply to OntarioPundit:

        I have all of the above but for different purposes. I use a computer and laptop at home for gaming and work. My phone is very handy and goes with me almost everywhere so I use it on-the-go. My tablet has a nice display which is preferred when watching videos in mobile situations (air, car, boat travel) but can also handle many work and recreational tasks as well (web surfing, email, editing/viewing documents, playing music and movies, light gaming and so on).


        If I don't have a lot of work related tasks to do I'll just use a combination of phone/tablet.

  3. openmisere

    OMG that notch looks ugly in 2019!

  4. Tony Barrett

    I'd like to say I'm surprised, but I'm not really. That is literally the 5th year in a row Apple have made exactly the same keynote announcements. New iPhones - better displays, faster processors, better cameras (check), new iPads - better displays, faster processors (check). New watch version - better displays, faster processors (check). Apple are the absolute masters of rinse, repeat, re-cycle, re-sell. Same format, same messages, same event, same fanboys. Again, if you're an iPhone owner, I can't see anything here to tempt you to upgrade - An iPhone 8 would still be perfectly fine for most IF that's what you like.

    The only thing Apple are now pushing more are their services, which all in all seem pretty lame compared to the competition, but are designed to extract more money from you every month.

    Apple have truly lost all sight of innovation, while the competition are at least 1-2 years ahead. For some people though, it doesn't matter - only one brand exists!

    • Eric Dunbar

      In reply to ghostrider:

      "For some people though, it doesn't matter - only one brand exists!"


      You say the competition is one to two years ahead. I exclusively use the competition while my partner users iPhone. I really don't see the competition being ahead.


      Cheaper. Sure. Ahead. No. The iPhone and Mac experience is seamless. It has a low technical requirement. To achieve the same on Android and Windows requires a distinctly higher level of technical expertise (which is why I'm on Android/Widows while my partner is on iPhone/Mac).


      There is another consideration in this whole game. Android loses its resale value much much much faster than does iPhone. Buy the same stupidly expensive flagships from Apple, Samsung, Huawei or Google and you'll have spent a lot less money on that iPhone than on the leading Android brands (yes, Google is a bit player but its phones are starting to take a nice bite out of the premium market).

  5. ssully

    "The new Apple Watch comes with a new always-on display and a built-in compass. It’s now available in a new titanic finish"


    I'd say it's sunk in that finish!


  6. truerock2

    I don't want a big, thick and heavy iPhone.


    I want a small, thin and light iPhone.


    So smart phones keep getting bigger, thicker and heavier and notbooks keep getting smaller, thinner and lighter - weird.


    I get it - Apple is just giving people what they want. I just don't understand why people prefer the phablet form factor over the smartphone form factor.


    I mean tell me - I really want to know - what size iPhone do people want 7", 8", 9"? Why does Apple just slowly creep up the size? Why not go immediately to 9" iPhones if that is what everyone wants?

    • lvthunder

      In reply to truerock2:

      I think a lot of it is the tech press and older people. The tech press likes the bigger screen (hence the Fold and the Note) and older people likr the bigger screen so they can see easier. The rumors are there will be a new SE next year and if they make it spec wise close to the pro phones it will sell well.

      • solomonrex

        In reply to lvthunder:

        But they don't offer a 'full' small phone for sale every year, which is crazy. Kids use these, women have smaller hands, other cultures can have smaller hands. They once swore by their small screen size, and it's not like they're hurting for dollars. They make so much money outside the phone via services, and they offer more models than they ever have, so why not one more model? Or why not just perennially offer a 'retro' model with basic specs and let that be their small phone. The iphone 5 is a design icon that deserves to be celebrated.

        • piaw_na

          In reply to solomonrex:

          The Western countries have long since stopped being the center of gravity for the smartphone market. That has shifted to Asia, where ideograms are common in written language (e.g., Chinese, Japanese, Korean). For those languages, tiny screens are useless, and big screens provide huge advantages (especially if the phone is your only computer). Hence, smartphone manufacturers (Apple included) have de-emphasized small screen phones.

    • Thom77

      In reply to truerock2:


      The SE was the best phone size I have ever owned.

    • terry jones

      In reply to truerock2:
      The womenfolk like the big screens. They can store the phone in their purse.
      I don't know any men that carry around the big screen phones. Most guys want something that will fit in their pocket.


  7. remc86007

    Why are they launching a new ipad with a three year old processor in it? I guess they have a ton of them laying around.

  8. JosephDickerson

    Apple is clearly not the innovator anymore. Look at the Samsung Fold. Look at the Surface family of products, for pete's sake! Finally, look at the Google Pixel 3a - All the features, and half-the price as the iPhone.

    • Bats

      In reply to JosephDickerson:

      That has been the case for the past 4-5 years. Why people then and now still think highly of them is beyond me,

      • Stooks

        In reply to Bats:

        Privacy first is the reason I like them. Smartphone tech for me peaked a few years ago when I got my iPhone X. I have a 256gig iPhone and I am using just over 16gig. All my stuff is in the cloud and my phone could burn up and I simply get a new one and login to the cloud.


        My phone does a specific set of things for me really well, and everything else less so. Example if I want to take a really nice photo....I use a really nice camera.


        I do not live on my phone like most do. To me they are like Microwave ovens, everyone has one, and they all basically do the same thing.

    • lvthunder

      In reply to JosephDickerson:

      It depends on what you call innovation. I think the innovation is more in the chips and materials then the features of the product. If the battery does indeed last longer that's a better innovation to me then the Fold. You can't compare the 3a to the 11. The 11 will run laps around it in speed.

    • Stooks

      In reply to JosephDickerson:

      Hardware wise I think the Samsung phones are the best. Too bad they run Android, which IMHO is pure garbage with Google data collection/privacy invasion slathered all over it.


      I will never own a Mac again, Apple ruined them for me. Huge fan of Windows 10 and ThinkPad T-series laptops. I do however very much like the iOS world and the family (extended on both sides)) own iPhones, iPad's, Apple TV's, Apple Music and even Home Pod's, multiple Home Pod's. That eco system works and works really well. Microsoft supports it very well also.

      • bob_shutts

        In reply to Stooks: I agree Apple let the Mac slide until 2018. Since last year they have turned it around IMO. I have the 2018 MBA, a max spec 21.5 inch 2019 iMac and a 2019 base model Mac Pro. They are all fast, well built and so far no keyboard issue. I take the MBA with me on flights. It gets the hell beat out of it and it looks like new.

        Cheers.


      • William Clark

        In reply to Stooks:

        ^This

        Samsung makes good stuff but I'm not sold on Android over iOS. Each has it's benefits and strengths but for me, I feel that the iOS app universe is better. I am fine with Windows, it does all that I need and more, but for phones/tablets it's iOS. I do have Android devices now and have had many over the years but I am comfortable with my iPhone and iPad.

  9. nbplopes

    I'm going to buy none of this this year. My iPhone X and Apple Watch 3 its just fine (maybe the watch at give mine to my father or brother, will see). The iPhone 11 seams to be all about the Camera, back to the basics I guess. Will see what people say in comparison to others. It's interesting they did no talk about VR or AI at all (apart from machine learning applied to photography). No Memoji's at all :). No smarrhomes / HomePod or even new Apple TV.


    Still, one thing it's noticeable. If you we take in all of was said in this conference along with iOS 13 and iPad OS, their strategy has technical depth and meaning. It's not just tech per tech, or feature for feature sake, or services for services sake. I bet it will all work has it says in the tin, now that is innovation :)


    I'll be waiting for October to get the iPad Pro 12.9".

    • Eric Dunbar

      In reply to nbplopes:

      ". It's interesting they did no talk about VR or AI at all"


      No surprise. When I first saw VR I thought it was little more than a gimmick. I recently got to play with an Oculus for a while. Amazing device but it's still a gimmick. VR is a niche market best suited to schools and medical purposes.


      Oh well. Pundits needed something to salivate over a few years ago.

  10. iantrem

    "There’s also the new A13 processor which is the fastest CPU and GPU on smartphones ever"


    It's $1,100 and it's the latest phone to be released, having the fastest CPU and GPU should go without saying.


    I love how cameras are the only thing people care about now. It won't be long before these things are marketed as "Cameras that let you call your friends" rather than phone that let you take pictures.

  11. rafaelsolmaker

    Actually nothing stood out as really impressive.


    The design of the iPhone, specially the Pro Ultra Max Hyper Mega Whatever is specially uninspiring, to not to say rather awkward and asymmetrical 3-camera placement. Ans still that notch, oh Lord, all companies found a workaround or a shorter notch at least, but not iPhone. Jobs should be itching in the graveyard right now.


    Apple hasn't anything mildly interesting to show, the only good thing is that regular iPad is slowly gaining "Pro" accessories (Pencil before, now that horrible keyboard).

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